With so much hooplah surrounding today’s inauguration ceremonies, I just hope that the biggest thing there is to bitch about is the expense. Judge Gladys Kessler, a Clinton appointee, better be hoping the same thing, too.
As the nation’s capital prepares itself for the presidential inauguration by going into lockdown mode and placing portable Stinger missile launchers throughout the city, Americans may be stunned to learn that the District of Columbia has been forced by a federal judge to hand over intelligence data on police tactics, training, and strategies from the last inauguration to an organization [International Action Center] with documented ties to terrorist groups and Saddam Hussein.[...]
IAC founder and director Ramsey Clark recently made worldwide headlines when he joined Saddam Hussein’s defense team. The IAC boasts of having a relationship to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army — both of which are labeled terrorist groups by the State Department. The International Action Center has sent delegations to meet with FARC soldiers and leaders in the Colombian jungle and lauds their military victories, including “spectacular raids” on U.S.-trained battalions. Last November Colombia’s defense minister claimed that FARC had targeted President Bush for assassination.
The IAC filed suit against the government (International Action Center, et al., v. United States of America, et al., Case no. 01CV00072) is based on First Amendment issues, specifically the use of police lines to cordon off protesters at the 2001 ceremonies and the alleged use of “agents provocateurs.”
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